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Six FA Cup First Round TV selections for BBC and ITV

Six FA Cup First Round TV selections have been confirmed for BBC and ITV and the choices have got a lot of people talking on social media.

Taking place across the weekend from Friday the 5th of November until Monday the 8th of November, games will be shown across our domestic broadcast partners ITV and the BBC.

And clubs involved will also pick up a live broadcast fee of £50,000, for some, it is a huge boost to their finances, especially after the Covid lockdown.

Six FA Cup First Round TV selections for BBC and ITV


AFC Sudbury v Colchester United (7.55pm) – Live on BBC Two

Banbury United v Barrow (5.15pm) – Live on ITV4

Sheffield Wednesday v Plymouth Argyle (12.15pm) – Live on ITV
Stratford Town v Shrewsbury Town (3.00pm) – Live on ITV4
St Albans City v Forest Green Rovers (5.15pm) – Live on BBC Two

Dagenham & Redbridge v Salford City (7.45pm) – Live on ITV4

The FA live broadcast fee for this coverage is £50,000 per club.

Meanwhile, the draw for the second round proper of this season’s Emirates FA Cup will take place after ITV’s coverage of Dagenham & Redbridge v Salford City on Monday 8 November 2021.

Additional fixtures will be moved to facilitate other broadcast arrangements and the full schedule for the first round proper will be confirmed at the earliest opportunity.


Bradford City (4) – Exeter City (4)
Sunderland (3) – Mansfield Town (4)
Hayes & Yeading United (7) – Sutton United (4)
Sheffield Wednesday (3) – Plymouth Argyle (3)
Dagenham & Redbridge (5) – Salford City (4)
Carlisle United (4) – Horsham (7)
Dover Athletic (5)/Yate Town (7) – Yeovil Town (5)
Scunthorpe United (4) – Doncaster Rovers (3)
Rotherham United (3) – Bromley (5)
Portsmouth (3) – Harrow Borough (7)
Gillingham (3) – Cheltenham Town (3)
Morecambe (3) – Newport County (4)
Banbury United (7) – Barrow (4)
Fleetwood Town (3) – Burton Albion (3)
AFC Sudbury (8) – Colchester United (4)
Northampton Town (4) – Cambridge United (3)
St Albans City (6) – Forest Green Rovers (4)
Stratford Town (7) – Shrewsbury Town (3)
FC Halifax Town (5) – Maidenhead United(5)
Chesterfield (5) – Southend United (5)
Rochdale (4) – Notts County (5)
Kidderminster Harriers (6) – Grimsby Town (5)
Wigan Athletic (3) – Solihull Moors (5)
Boreham Wood (5) – Eastleigh (5)
York City (6) – Buxton (7)
Ipswich Town (3) – Oldham Athletic (4)
AFC Wimbledon (3) – Guiseley (6)
Harrogate Town (4) – Wrexham (5)
Hartlepool United (4) – Wycombe Wanderers (3)
King’s Lynn Town (5) – Walsall (4)
Crewe Alexandra (3) – Swindon Town (4)
Bolton Wanderers (3) – Stockport County (5)
Charlton Athletic (3) – Havant & Waterlooville (6)
Oxford United (3) – Bristol Rovers (4)
Crawley Town (4) – Tranmere Rovers (4)
Leyton Orient (4) – Ebbsfleet United (6)
Milton Keynes Dons (3) – Stevenage (4)
Lincoln City (3) – Bowers & Pitsea(7)
Port Vale (4) – Accrington Stanley (3)
Gateshead (6) – Altrincham (5)


ITV has announced a new broadcast deal to show the Emirates FA Cup, making the competition available entirely free-to-air to viewers from 2021.

The new four-year deal with The Football Association [The FA] will seecomprehensive coverage broadcast by ITV across the full breadth of the cup each season, from the First Round through to the Final.

Live coverage of more than 20 matches will be shown each season from 2021/22 through to 2024/25, and the deal also includes live coverage of The FA Community Shield each year.

Sharing coverage with the BBC, ITV will have first pick and fourth pick of matches in the Second Round, Fourth Round and the Quarter Finals, as well as second and third picks for the First, Third and Fifth Rounds and second pick of the Semi-finals.

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “We are delighted to be able to broadcast the FA Cup once again. We are particularly pleased that we shared The FA’s vision of a completely free-to-air competition and look forward to bringing new viewers all the along the road to Wembley Stadium.”

Mark Bullingham, FA Chief Commercial; Football Development Officer, said: “The Emirates FA Cup continues to capture the public’s imagination, drawing millions of viewers at every stage.

“This agreement with ITV is fantastic news and means that we will reach the broadest possible audience across the country.“ITV has been a great broadcast partner with the England Men’s Internationals and will do a brilliant job with the coverage of the world’s most historic cup competition.”

This new deal adds to ITV Sport’s portfolio of first class events, which includes exclusive free-to-air coverage of the England football team’s qualifiers for both the European Championship and World Cup, La Liga, the 6 Nations and exclusive coverage of the Rugby World Cup, top level boxing, UK horse racing, the Tour de France and the French Open.

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Twitter users reacted Six FA Cup First Round TV selections for BBC and ITV…

@Markust9: ITV with no idea what the cup is about. Where’s the giant-killing potential in Sheff Weds vs Plymouth?

@Fozzwafc: Ratings. Two good fan bases

@ChrisParkerNo6: Salford yet again! Embarrassing, hope tge games switched to Sunday are announced very soon to help fans plan travel but yet again fans are at the bottom of the pile!! 😡

@groundhopper23: Can’t make my mind up which was more predictable with ITV, Sheff Wed v Plymouth or Anyone v Salford City.

@Petergibbons7: Salford 😞 put on Horsham v carlisle ffs!

@TheDB30: The TV companies tend to like the underdog to be at home until the 3rd Round then it’s the big 6 regardless of how dull their tie is or where it’s at.

@SpencerH2003: Sudbury ColU on the Friday, love that

@Matthew43164041: Surprised Bowers didn’t get televised

@BenGardener01: I think it’s because it’s at Lincoln if they was drawn at HOME it would definitely been on TV

@AndrewT42692581: Wednesday v Plymouth will be a good one. Two sets of loyal and passionate fans. Argyle will take a fair few. Good luck to St Albans as well 👍

@onestafc: Wow @stalbanscityfc on the tele! Amazing for the club. Hopefully a full house to!! COYS

@AndrewCarberry: Surprised Portsmouth vs. Harrow Borough wasn’t picked could be a few goals in that one!

@Andy_Wilson68: Great to see Sudbury v Colchester will be televised. A real local derby.

@robgeorgejack: So the money clubs are getting even more money seems fair 😂😂

@roders2819: No @CAFCofficial vs @HWFCOfficial??

@mrjacktanner: I guess they always want the minnow at home but how is Bowers & Pitsea not being shown??

@robbomacc: What’s the logic behind picking Wednesday v Plymouth?

@JamesL0996: How can Dagenham v Salford be televised, when games like Bolton v Stockport arent? 😂

@OliverB_1998: Dagenham v Salford. Have a day off ffs

@tommms: Harrow Borough away to Portsmouth not on tv. Disappointed

@JoeStephenson96: Plymouth fans having to travel to Sheffield for a noon Sunday kick off that nobody cares about, fair play

@Matthew43164041: Surprised Bowers game isn’t televised

@TrailOfDebt: Not going to lie. This makes me a bit sick. Fifty grand. Fifty grand tossed up the wall because of whatever THAT was on Tuesday night. Utterly infuriating. It’s David Newton and Neil Kempster I feel for most, not us fans.

@samcufc79: Early away game for Plymouth. Absolutely scandalous. Not though given to fans even at this early stage. Give your heads a wobble.

@originalfrostie: Got to feel for Harrow

@OUFCGoldenBoy: Salford zzzzzzz

@KingBettingking: Salford shock

@aaron_moore25: Really shame for @Bowerspitseafc. Definitely deserved to be put on TV with a tie of a lifetime

@krisj12345: Salford? What a joke!

@somecaIlmejesus: Got absolutely no doubt at all that Banbury beat Barrow in that game. Very solid side.

@ABrown31_v2: How can you look at all the non-league clubs in this draw and make a decision to broadcast Sheffield Wednesday-Plymouth…

@joelshooterfoot: Salford vs Dagenham on the Monday ahead of the hands down spiciest tie of the round in Morecambe vs Newport? What a joke.

@Caprani14: Sheff Wed v Plymouth on a Sunday with a 12.15 kick off is absolutely disgusting

@robsgen14: Some of these choices are awful

@georgemarshhh: Is there ever a tweet that starts with ‘TV Picks’ that doesn’t have Salford in it?

@tlmfootball: Poor Plymouth fans have to travel to Sheffield on a Sunday morning for a lunchtime kick off. At least they considered the fans!

@DarranPearce: Good old ITV choosing to stick a game not involving a Non-League side on the main channel

@jonphipps81: Really is great to see ITV returning to the fold by playing the age old game of ‘pick the biggest team and put them on’.

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